What: Girls Night Out
Who: Placerville Downtown Association
Where: Main Street in Placerville
When: Friday, May 3 from 6-9 p.m.
Cost: No admission charge, fees for some events and activities
Since the sixth Girls Night Out is on the eve of the running of “The Run for the Roses,” the theme is, of course, will be the Kentucky Derby.
Decadently decorated fancy hats, mint juleps and horses will be found up and down Main Street on Friday, May 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association, Girls Night Out keeps getting better and bigger every year and this year participants can shop, eat, dance and play in big style.
The first stop should be the Belltower where GNO participants can pick up the program of events, purchase mint juleps or white wine for $5, scavenger hunt cards for $2, or $3 if you want a hat to decorate as well.
Merchants with a hat by their names on the program will supply decorations for your creative chapeau or you may bring your own decorated hat from home. There will be a contest at 7:45 p.m. at the Belltower for the best hat made at the event and the best hat brought to the event.
The scavenger hunt takes participants into merchant locations where there are sales, demonstrations, activities, tastings, drawings, prizes and fun. Find the clue, get your card stamped and when 10 out of 14 squares have been stamped, enter the card into a grand prize drawing for one of two Main Street gift baskets.
Express who you are at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St., during the wine painting event, by creating your own beautiful wine glass.
“It was a lot of fun last year,” said Shelly Winzeler of the Wine Smith. “For a nominal fee, you get the wineglass and the use of paints to decorate it and then I give directions for how to cure the glass when you get home so the paint doesn’t come off.”
Annieberries, 366 Main St., will offer a make and take flower brooch activity and The Painted Owl, 376 Main St., will have a furniture painting demonstration in shabby chic style.
Gold Country Artists at 379 Main St., will host “The Art of the Horse,” while Combellack’s, 339 Main St., will have a Brighton and Fresh Produce trunk show. Redneck Bling, 492 Main St., will have a line-dancing demonstration.
There will be a Girlfriend Photo Booth near the Belltower, courtesy of Heracain Productions. Games, information about women’s health and beauty care services and products will be available.
At the Fountain Plaza Salon, 312 Main St., mini manicures or eyebrow waxing will be offered for $5.
It’s Personal at 250 Main St. will host one “man cave,” where non-participants of GNO events can wait out the mayhem with a glass of wine. Another hangout for men is at Old Town Cigar, 138 Main St., where there will be sports on the big screen, discounts on cigars and music to wile away the time. Alternatively, it might be a good time to get a haircut or a beard trim at the Bow Tie Barber Shop at 295 Main St.
Guys can also enter the “Beard Growing Contest” at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. Grow your best beard for the next six weeks, to be judged at the Wagon Train celebration on June 8.
“We’re trying to bring back some old traditions,” said Sheila Hill of Powell’s. Registration is $5 at 7 p.m. in front of Powell’s where a photo of each clean-shaven entrant will be taken.
In keeping with the derby theme, Zia’s Gelateria, 312 Main St., will offer Triple Crown Sundaes for $4.99 — triple chocolate brownie with butter pecan gelato, chocolate chips, bourbon and whipped cream.
“I tried to incorporate flavors from things people like in Kentucky like bourbon and pecans,” said Shari Fulton of Zia’s. “We’ve got some different brownies now, too, so it will all work together.”
Claudia Marie Chocolate, 451 Main St., will offer mint julep cookies, bourbon balls, pecan pie bars and mock mint juleps.
At Powell’s Steamer Co. and Pub, 425 Main St., crab cakes and shrimp bruchetta will be the specials for the evening, as well as drink specials.
Brick’s, 482 Main St., will have $5 sweet teas (sweet tea and vodka), while Tortilla Flats, 584 Main St., will offer $1 Jello shots and special derby drinks.
There will be tastings of Harvest Olive Oil and specialty foods at Winterhill Olive Oil, 321 Main St.; wine tasting at Synapse Wines, 304 Main St.; refreshments at Rinconart Gallery, 440 Main St. and at Placerville Antiques, 448 Main St.; and special appetizers at Heyday Café, 325 Main St.
Rockin’ Blues by David Pearce and Friends plays at the Clio Studio, 451 Main St. It’s Blues Night with Jonny Mojo and the Sacramento Blues Review at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St., and there will be live music at Synapse Wines, 304 Main St. Rinconart Gallery will also have music.
The Bell Tower is the scene for all kinds of dance and fitness demonstrations, including tap dance by Jammin’ Dance and Fitness, belly dancing by Vahana/Jewels of the North and DJ music by Hammond’s Hits.
Romantic lotions and oils will be demonstrated by Passion Parties; the Origami Owl will offer customized lockets and charms and Damsel in Distress will offer personal protection products.
GNO on Main Street in Placerville, on May 3, from 6-9 p.m. will be just the place to bring your Southern Belle.
Don’t forget your hat and your attitude.
For more information call 530-672-3436.
Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.